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2016 Speakers

Keynotes

Sara Blakely

SARA BLAKELY is founder and owner of SPANX, Inc. She founded SPANX in 2000 with $5,000 in savings. A frustrated consumer turned entrepreneur, she created undergarments that revolutionized an industry, and changed ...
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Annie E. Clark

ANNIE E. CLARK is a co-founder of EROC, and a lead complainant in the Title IX and Clery complaints against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in ...
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Anita Hill

ANITA HILL is University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's Studies at Brandeis University. She is a vital leader in both the civil rights and women’s rights movements. In 1993, Hill made sexual ...
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Gayle King

GAYLE KING is a co-host of "CBS This Morning,” and editor-at-large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine. King previously hosted "The Gayle King Show," a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The ...
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Kevin O’Leary

KEVIN O’LEARY was born to a middle class family in 1954. The combination of his mother’s family heritage as merchants and his father’s Irish charisma truly meant that O’Leary was born for business. He ...
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Breakout Session Speakers

Rekha Abichandani

REKHA ABICHANDANI, MD, MS is group vice president clinical development and ...
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Allison Bebo

ALLISON BEBO is senior vice president, human resources with Hologic. She joined ...
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Jenny Blake

JENNY BLAKE is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker ...
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Lisa Bodell

LISA BODELL is the founder and CEO of futurethink. She is the best-selling author of ...
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Jane Bowman

JANE BOWMAN is the vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Boston ...
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Karen Cahn

KAREN CAHN is the founder and CEO of VProud Labs, a video company that ...
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Beth Carlson

BETH CARLSON is vice president of global talent development and organizational ...
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Nicole Castillo

NICOLE CASTILLO the co-founder of BeVisible, a career-building and social media ...
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Pooja Chandrashekar

POOJA CHANDRASHEKAR is currently a sophomore at Harvard University concentrating in ...
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Malika Chopra

Mallika Chopra

MALLIKA CHOPRA is a mom, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and published author. ...
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Beth Clymer

BETH CLYMER is the executive vice president of Bain Capital. She joined Bain ...
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Carol Fishman Cohen

CAROL FISHMAN COHEN is the CEO and co-founder of iRelaunch. She consults to some of ...
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Sara Conahan

SARA CONAHAN is the director of community and philanthropy at Suffolk ...
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Catherine Corley

CATHERINE CORLEY is senior vice president of global operations with Catalyst. She is ...
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Theresa S. Creasey

THERESA S. CREASEY is the head of the applied solutions strategic marketing and ...
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Dina Creiger

Dina Creiger founded Choose To Be Nice in 2013 following the tragic Boston Marathon ...
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Dawn Dickson

DAWN DICKSON is founder and CEO of Flat Out of Heels. She created the rollable ...
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Molly Flick

MOLLY FLICK is the vice president, North America services, unity lab services with ...
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Nancy E. Frates

NANCY E. FRATES is the creator of the Ice Bucket Challenge. On March 13, 2011 ...
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Yvonne Garcia

Yvonne Garcia is senior vice president and Global head of client solutions group and ...
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Tali Golan

Tali Golanis head of the TripAdvisor Charitable Foundation. From her first ...
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Hannah Grove

HANNAH GROVE is executive vice president and chief marketing officer of State Street ...
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Carla Harris

CARLA HARRIS is a vice chairman, wealth management, managing director and senior ...
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Dr. Susan Harvey

DR. SUSAN HARVEY is the director of breast imaging at Johns Hopkins. She is board ...
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Marsha Haygood

MARSHA HAYGOOD is an author, talent development expert and empowerment coach, ...
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Nora Herting

NORA HERTING is a co-founder and principal at ImageThink, and an award-winning artist ...
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Susan Hodgkinson

Susan Hodgkinsonfounded The Personal Brand Company in 1994. She was the first ...
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Reihaneh Irani-Famili

REIHANEH IRANI-FAMILI is a vice president of business readiness and design at ...
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Donna A. James

DONNA A. JAMES is a trusted resource and advisor to leaders in the public and ...
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Caytha Jentis

CAYTHA JENTIS is an award winning independent filmmaker. Her most recent project is ...
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Thea Kocher

THEA KOCHER has over 11 years’ experience in the luxury beauty industry. She ...
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Dr. Deborah Kolb

DR. DEBORAH KOLB is Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women and Leadership ...
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Irene Lam

IRENE LAM is the vice president of product development for the newly formed ...
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Stephanie Lampkin

STEPHANIE LAMPKIN is the founder & CEO of Blendoor, merit-based matching, a ...
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Jill Larsen

JILL LARSEN is SVP of strategic talent acquisition, people planning, and services HR ...
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Shirley Leung

SHIRLEY LEUNG is a columnist at The Boston Globe, writing on everything from the ...
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Jess Lively

JESS LIVELY is an online teacher and the host of the podcast, “The Lively Show.” ...
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Stella Low

STELLA LOW is the senior vice president of global communications with Dell. She is a ...
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Courtney Lynch

Courtney Lynch  is a founding partner of Lead Star. Together with partner Angie ...
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Heather Majewski

HEATHER MAJEWSKI is assistant vice president and head of wellness innovation with ...
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Jo Malone

JO MALONE has been described as an “English scent maverick,” and is the woman ...
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Margaret A. McKenna

MARGARET A. McKENNA is a lawyer and educator, is a leading expert in educational ...
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Jami Wintz McKeon

JAMI WINTZ MCKEON is chair of Morgan Lewis. She directs the firm’s strategic ...
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Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan

DR. MYECHIA MINTER-JORDAN is president and CEO of The Dimock Center, the largest ...
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Carolyn Muise

CAROLYN MUISE is vice president and chief customer officer for voice of the customer ...
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Helaine Olen

HELAINE OLEN is a columnist at Slate, where she writes “The Bills,” a column ...
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Jennie Orrico

JENNIE ORRICO serves as Shire’s chief compliance and risk officer, with ...
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Laura Orvidas

LAURA ORVIDAS has over 20 years of experience in general management and strategy. ...
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Joan Parsons

JOAN PARSONS is executive vice president, head of specialty banking and a member of ...
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Tracy Pitcher

TRACY PITCHER serves as senior vice president of the Comcast greater Boston region. ...
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Julie A. Planchet

JULIE A. PLANCHET is vice president and general manager of the portable analytical ...
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Liz Powers

LIZ POWERS is the co-founder and chief happiness spreader at ArtLifting, a business ...
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Aparna Rayasam

APARNA RAYASAM has over 19 years of experience in software engineering, working of ...
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Tami Reiss

TAMI REISS leads the Cyrus team to deliver great results for our clients. She focuses ...
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Emily Riemer

EMILY RIEMER is an award-winning journalist with WCVB. She is a co-anchor for the ...
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Paula Rizzo

PAULA RIZZO is the author of “Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, ...
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Elizabeth Kolb Robillard

ELIZABETH KOLB ROBILLARD has spent her career in tech startups. She is currently the ...
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Sarah Robb O’Hagan

SARAH ROBB O’HAGAN has been described as “Superwoman undercover” and the ...
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Lelsey Jane Seymour

LELSEY JANE SEYMOUR is a media entrepreneur and one of the industry’s most ...
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Egypt Sherrod

EGYPT SHERROD is the host of HGTV’s all new “Flipping Virgins,” and the ...
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Nina Tassler

Nina Tassler is an American television executive and author. She previously held such ...
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Lynn D. Tinney

Lynn D. Tinneyis vice president, Americas Channels for Riverbed Technology. Prior to ...
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Laura Vanderkam

LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of several time management and productivity books, ...
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Barb Vlacich

BARB VLACICH is vice president, global sales operations with Kronos ...
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Anna Voremberg

ANNA VOREMBERG is the managing director for End Rape on Campus (EROC). She is a ...
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Caroline Webb

CAROLINE WEBB is CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from ...
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Wendy Wecksell

WENDY WECKSELL is CEO of I Am That Girl, a global movement to transform self-doubt ...
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Expert Exchange

Nyra Bannis

NYRA BANNIS joined Shire Pharmaceuticals in September, 2010, where she currently ...
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Jennifer Davis

JENNIFER DAVIS is vice president of global communications with Dell. She joined Dell ...
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Jodi Euerle Eddy

JODI EUERLE EDDY is a senior vice president and the CIO for Boston Scientific, a ...
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Gwen Fisher

GWEN FISHER joined Shire in January 2012 and is currently head of U.S. commercial ...
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Lori Fontaine

LORI FONTAINE is vice president of clinical affairs at Hologic, Inc. and is ...
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Julie Haskell

Julie Haskell is managing director, global inclusion and diversity with State Street ...
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Jerome Katz

Jerome Katz is vice president, global service provider for Cisco Systems. He leads ...
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Rita Kenahan

RITA KENAHAN is senior manager of professional education for Johnson & Johnson ...
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Joe Kowan

Joe Kowan is an assistant vice president and design director with State Street Global ...
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Susan Vissers Lisa

SUSAN VISSERS LISA is vice president of investor relations at Boston Scientific ...
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Katherine Lucas

Katherine Lucas is managing director and head of marketing, North America with State ...
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Jamila Payne

JAMILA PAYNE is the president and CEO of Ideas Action Design and creator, of Daily ...
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Lisa A. Wyman

LISA A. WYMAN is senior director and head of quality compliance and data analytics at ...
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Social Media Roundtable

Bella Boutet

BELLA BOUTET is a social data storyteller, turning unstructured data into meaningful ...
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Colleen Bradley-MacArthur

COLLEEN BRADLEY-MacARTHUR has had a 15 year career in media, including broadcast, ...
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Bobbie Carlton

BOBBIE CARLTON is founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and ...
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Monica Cost

MONICA COST is a Pathfinder, internet television host, author and speaker. Her unique ...
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Meridith Dennes

MERIDITH DENNES is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve LLC, a leading women’s ...
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Marsha Halperin Epstein

MARSHA HALPERIN EPSTEIN is president and founder of the American Nanny Company.  An ...
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Andrea C. Imafidon

ANDREA C. IMAFIDON is a certified life and startup business coach and consultant, who ...
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Adrienne Lavidor-Berman

ADRIENNE LAVIDOR-BERMAN has been building online communities for over 15 years. ...
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Nicole Williams

NICOLE WILLIAMS learned in her early life, that there is a connection between the job ...
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Special Guest Speakers

Renee Connolly

Renee Connolly

RENEE CONNOLLY is the global head of communications and business markets/services at ...
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Linda Pizzuti Henry

LINDA PIZZUTI HENRY is the managing director at the The Boston Globe. She is a ...
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Maria Stephanos

MARIA STEPHANOS is an anchor, WCVB Channel 5 and The 10 O'Clock News on MeTV ...
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Karen Holmes Ward

KAREN HOLMES WARD is the director of public affairs and community services for ...
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Small Business Roundtable

Kim Dawson

KIM DAWSON began her entrepreneurial life early, selling arts and crafts door-to-door ...
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Rita Ng

RITA NG is the founder and owner of Boston Bonbon, which she founded in late 2014 ...
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Kit Pang

KIT PANG is a public speaking coach, communication expert, TEDx and keynote speaker. ...
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Gwenn Rosener

GWENN ROSENER is a co-founder of FlexProfessionals, a niche staffing and recruiting ...
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Ceylan Rowe

CEYLAN ROWE is the founder of Trendy Napkin and the MetroWest commissioner for the ...
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Tiffanie Stanard

TIFFANIE STANARD is a technology influencer, speaker, media personality and serial ...
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Jeanne Union

JEANNE UNION of Union Sales Presentation Coaching is an accomplished coach, ...
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